The north Railroad Avenue Trail bridge crossing Whatcom Creek between York and Ellis Streets caught fire on Friday, November 23, 2012. The bridge was damaged and will remain closed until a replacement bridge can be designed and permitted. The bridge was originally part of a railway crossing running north from York to Ohio Streets.
The Parks & Recreation Department is currently developing a cost estimate
for removal and replacement of the existing piling and bridge structure. It
may take approximately 6 to 12 months to design and permit demolishing the
old creosote-treated structure and replacing with a new, clear-span
structure that is more environmentally friendly.
At the March 25, 2013 City Council meeting, funding was approved to conduct a geotechnical investigation for the new bridge replacement. This work is planned for April 2013 and a report should be available by May. Information on the soil suitability will be used to refine the preliminary cost estimate for the bridge replacement. This information will be presented to the Bellingham City Council.
More information about the fire is available in a City news release.